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Michelangelo, Drawing, and the Invention of…

Michelangelo, Drawing, and the Invention of Architecture

by Cammy Brothers

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This elegantly written and beautifully illustrated book won two major scholarly prizes in 2010: the Alice Davis Hitchcock Book Award from the Society of Architectural Historians and the Charles Rufus Morey Book Award from the College Art Association. The CAA announcement included the following words of praise: "Remarkably erudite, [the book] marshals compelling visual evidence along with literary, historical, and philosophical support on behalf of a fresh and persuasive argument." This beautifully produced book in the best tradition of Yale Press is a treat to read and look at--this has much to do, of course, with Michelangelo's drawings themselves, but the photographs of the architecture, even without color plates, are of high quality and give finality and shape to the drawings.

I reviewed the book in 2009 in the journal Italian Culture; it's available here:
  pranogajec | Oct 3, 2010 |
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"In this engaging and handsome book, Cammy Brothers takes an unusual approach to Michelangelo's architectural designs, arguing that they are best understood in terms of his experience as a painter and sculptor. Unlike previous studies, which have focused on the built projects and considered the drawings only insofar as they illuminate those buildings, this book analyses his designs as an independent source of insight into the mechanisms of Michelangelo's imagination. Brothers gives equal weight to the unbuilt designs, and suggests that some of Michelangelo's most radical ideas remained on paper." "Brothers explores the idea of drawing as a mode of thinking, using its evidence to reconstruct the process by which Michelangelo arrived at new ideas. By turning the flexibility and fluidity of his figurative drawing methods to the subject of architecture, Michelangelo demonstrated how it could match the expressive possibilities of painting and sculpture."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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